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  • How to Temporarily disconnect USB Drive

    Well, I am remote from a server and I need to temporarily disconnect the USB drive that is connected for backup. I know I can eject it using the "safely remove hardware" icon in the system tray, but then I need someone to physically disconnect and reconnect the disk at the site.
    Anyone know of a method or utility that can make it unavailable for a short period?
    System commands/vbscript preferred; PowerShell at a pinch.
    TIA

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    Re: How to Temporarily disconnect USB Drive

    Originally posted by teiger View Post
    I need to temporarily disconnect the USB drive that is connected for backup.
    What are you intending to do while the drive is disconnected - while you be logging out / rebooting or will the system be staying up?

    Regarding the statement I've quoted... is that disconnection of the USB drive for the purposes of a backup, or disconnection of the USB drive that is used for backing up?

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      Re: How to Temporarily disconnect USB Drive

      This WORKS in Windows 7 as I have just tested it.
      Disk Management and set USB HDD to OFFLINE
      Reboot (had a PXE screen appear but after a few seconds booted normally. Guess the USB HDD was being detected by the BIOS )
      When logged on:
      Disk Management and set USB HDD to ONLINE
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      2 2 was 1 2.
      1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
      2 2 1 1 2

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